Coming from a Bible believing background the common ideal of any form of mystic or occult knowledge was a huge No No!
“But why?”, I would always ask myself, in fear of digging to deep into my curiosities and falling into the “fiery pit“.
My natural affinity for the “forbidden fruit” eventually led me to my life’s calling.
In this article, which will be the kickoff to THE TAROT•BIBLE•ALCHEMY SERIES. The question to be answered for those with a similar background to myself, what does the Bible really say about Divination?
First, let’s establish what the Bible is, who wrote it for who, and why.
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑩𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒂 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝑬𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒈𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒂𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒆𝒍𝒇. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒓𝒆 𝑩𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝒕𝒆𝒙𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒘𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒏 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒃𝒚 𝑳𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝑾𝒐𝒓𝒌𝒆𝒓𝒔, 𝒂𝒌𝒂 𝑫𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝑶𝒏𝒆𝒔.
Okay, with that being said let’s answer why the Bible say NOT to practice divination. Through your the Old Testament there’s seemingly countless rules against divination and those practices it were to be punished.
The 2nd commandment is that No other god before the Lord. In my in-depth study the Lord is the Higher Self so nothing should control your being for that is Idolatry. By you mastering yourself you are in compliance with all the commandments of the Divine.
IS•RA•EL Israel had 12 Tribes (144k frequency) with one tribe assigned as the Preist, the tribe of Levi, the 1.4%ers. This tribe was set apart for a higher ordainment to go into the ‘holy of holies’ which is the higher realms of Christos Consciousness.
The other tribes were not allowed to enter into this sacred space. The Levite’s could practice various forms of divination under the rule and guidance of the Great Divine.
Although, the other 11 tribes were part of The Collective they were not to perform the tasks of the tribe of Levi, just the same Levite’s exclusively focused on Temple duties.
The Breastplate of Judgment
The Breastplate of Judgment was worn by the High Priest attached to the Ephod. An Ephod is a linen garment woven with 28 stands of blue, scarlet, purple and gold. Embroidered with pure gold elaborate symbols and Sigils of sorts. (Exodus 28:30 Aaron) The Ephod was instrumental in deciding the territorial boundaries amongst the Tribes.
The Breastplate contained 12 precious stones or crystals aligned in three rows of four which represented the 12 Tribes previously mentioned. A stone for each tribe to active certain light frequencies within each tribe.
Urim and Thummim
One of the most used in the tradition was the Urim and Thummim. Describes as a form of cleromancy, this is a form of casting lots. Although it’s not clearly sates in the Talmud, most scholars agree that the Urim and Thummim were a set of two objects used by the high priest to answer a question or reveal the will of God.
Urim and Thummim contained cryptic words written on and inside the sacred breastplate.
Urim and Thummim Meaning
Urim essentially means “guilty” and Thummim essentially means “innocent“. However, throughout many translations and interpretations has arisen various meanings such as “lights and perfections” ,”revelation and truth”, “to teach”and “to be true” or “cursed and faultless”. In some instances just a simple “yes” or “no”.
Instances were this divinatory method was used are (1 Samuel 14:41) attempting to identify a sinner by repeatedly splitting the people into two groups and identifying which group contains the sinner.
Furthermore, in the Masoretic Text Saul and Johnathan separated from the rest and lots were casted. (1 Samuel 10:22) and (2 Samuel 5:22) the Divinatory method was used for a simple “yes or no”.
In many cases individuals of the tribes could come to the fully dressed High Priest clearly and simply state their question. The answer would be answered by the High Priest on behalf the ‘living God‘ after going into the ‘holy of holies‘ to receive the revelation.
Urim and Thummim, The Speaking Lights
The transition of Urim meaning “lights” most Talmudic Rabbis agree that the ‘lights’ shinned out of certain jewels of the Breastplate with each jewel representing one or more of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The sequence of lighting would spell out the answer or phrase. The jewels Carried such a high vibrational energy that some say they moved in a way that made them stand out from the rest, or even moved themselves into clusters forming words.
OTHER FORMS OF BIBLICAL DIVINATION
Among the accepted means of divination are prophets and seers of God, one form of Light Workers (Deuteronomy 18:14-22; I Samuel 9:6; II Kings 3:11), lecanomancy or hydromancy (reading patterns in liquid; Genesis 44:5 in reference to Joseph as a Ruler) Oneiromancy the interpretation of dreams (Genesis 37-50),Genesis 37:5-9; Daniel and many other prophets. Belomancy (casting or shooting arrows; II Kings 13:15-19), and astrology (Isaiah 47:13; Jeremiah10:2). Gideon)
Amongst these practices also included using candles in the Temple. Ceromancy and Lychnomancy are when the flame and candle drippings can be read to gather information.
Capnomancy the divination of Reading smoke and Pyromancy is the ancient art of divination by fire (Exodus 13:21)
Libanomancy, also known as livanomancy or knissomancy, is the art and practice of divination by interpreting the patterns, shape, movement, sounds, and smell of incense smoke. The High Priest would burn frankincense and myrrh (Luke 1:10, Exodus 30:7-8)
ISLAM AND DIVINATION
An ancient Islamic practice, dating before the actual forming of the religion was Belomancy or rhabdomancy (casting or shooting arrow, usually no feathers nor head).
Similar to the ‘Holy of Holies‘ mentioned in the Biblical Text, Incased in the Kaaba (a building at the center of the Great Mosque of Mecca) were arrow shafts or rods. If one had a question one would visit the Kaaba. There a guardian would draw a random arrow from the sacred encasement in which a single word was inscribed such as a “command” or “restriction“. This was said to be the divine will of God.
TAROT CARDS and the BIBLE
Tarot cards originated in northern Italy, the oldest surviving set, was created for a Duke around 1440. (144) So, this form of Divination obviously was around in the Biblical time
The art of Tarot Reading is Called Cartomancy, which can be categorized as a form of divination or fortune-telling using a deck of cards. A percentage of Cartomancers, such as myself a use the Cards as modality to connect with Angels, Guides, etc leading channeling messages. This is different than the traditional usage of the cards, which is a game and every card has a preset meaning.
Cards that are commonly associate with some biblical figures are The Hangman for Jesus, The Hierophant is the Priest, The High Priest is the representational The Temple/Tabernacle and several others.
In our TAROT•BIBLE•ALCHEMY Series, each card has both an alchemical and biblical meaning.
In conclusion, I would that divination was well practiced in the Biblical Text by many ordained Sages aka High Priests aka Light Workers. The only warning that’s well established is that for the unordained, the ‘E-motionally‘ unstable and one that lacks ‘self’ mastery.